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Fluffy Homemade Orange Cinnamon Rolls
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Fluffy Homemade Orange Cinnamon Rolls

These Fluffy Homemade Orange Cinnamon Rolls are almost better than their Classic counter parts–--seriously! Each roll boasts of it's bigness, fluffiness, tenderness, and they come smothered in a rich, but light orange-flavored cream cheese frosting. These cinnamon rolls are sure to be your newest favorite sweet treat for the Spring/Summer.
Course Brunch, Dessert
Keyword brioche, brunch, cinnamon rolls, classic, cream cheese, dessert, fluffy, indulge, orange, sweet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 2 cups Organic All-purpose flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 3 cups Organic Artisan Bread flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 packet Rapid Rise Yeast (That's 2 1/4 tsps!)
  • 1/2 cup Organic brown sugar + 1 Tbsp (I used Sugar in the Raw!)
  • 1 1/4 cup Almond milk (I used Califia Farms; You can also use whole milk if preferred)
  • 1/4 cup WARM water (Not Hot at all!)
  • 1/4 cup juice of an Orange (That's about 1/2 an Orange!)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (That's 4 Tbsps!)
  • 2 large eggs, room temp.
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the Filling:

  • 3 Tbsps unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar  (I used Sugar in the Raw!)
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

For the Orange-flavored Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • 4 oz. organic cream cheese, at room temp (That's 1/2 of a regular pack)
  • 3 Tbsps unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups organic powdered sugar
  • juice of 1 medium Orange

Instructions

For the Dough:

  • Start by combining the yeast and 1 Tbsp brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and then slowly pouring in the warm water, while stirring everything together. Allow 10 minutes for the mixture to sit and the yeast to activate (It’ll become foamy when done right!).
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter and milk together over the stove top on low to medium heat, stirring frequently until the butter has fully melted. NOTE: You don’t want the mixture to get too hot or boil! Set aside and let it cool until WARM.
  • Add lukewarm butter-milk mixture to yeast and mix until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time and continue mixing on low speed until well combined. Then add orange juice and continue mixing.
  • Next, combine the all-purpose flour, bread flour, brown sugar, sea salt and cinnamon to the wet ingredients and mix on low-speed until well combined. 
  • Change “mixer head” to kneading accessory and knead dough for 5-10 minutes on medium-high speed until dough ball becomes smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers. NOTE: If dough is too sticky, add 1 Tbsp of flour at a time until texture is achieved!
  • Once dough ball is perfectly kneaded, add it to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit and rise for 1 hour to an hour + 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, you can work on the filling!

For the Filling + Assembly:

  • Melt butter and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar and set aside as well.
  • Once the hour has gone by and your dough has risen (about double its original size), preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, flour a flat surface and place the dough on it and using a rolling-pin, roll it out to a rectangle (approximately 9″x14), trimming the edges if needed. NOTE: Try not to make the dough too thin or else rolling it up will be hard to do!
  • Then, generously brush melted butter overtop of dough and spoon the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the butter. NOTE: I also use a ‘pastry brush’ to sweep sugar mixture evenly across the dough to ensure that every bite is sweet!
  • Tightly roll dough (long-ways) and using a pastry cutter, cut dough into 1.5″ rolls, placing each roll into a large baking dish (lined with parchment paper!).
  • Then place plastic wrap over the baking dish with rolls and let them rise again (for another 20 minutes).
  • Once the rolls have doubled in size (once again!) or have gotten significantly larger, brush the tops of the rolls with a little more melted butter and then bake them for approximately 25 minutes (or until centers are cooked through) and the outsides are golden brown.
  • While all the baking magic is happening, make the Orange-flavored Cream Cheese Glaze and set aside.

Orange-flavored Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • Simply combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer & beat together on medium-high speed until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and orange juice, continuing to mix until you reach the desired consistency. NOTE: **Add more orange juice (1 Tbsp at a time if too thick) or powdered sugar (for more thickness).*
  • Remove the rolls from oven and wait 15-20 minutes or so (until it completely cools), and then spread the glaze atop the rolls using a rubber spatula.
  • Bon Appetite!

Notes

TO STORE: Cinnamon Rolls can be kept fresh at room temperature when tightly wrapped or sealed for up to 3 days. Fresh for up to 1 week in the Refrigerator. Baked rolls can be frozen up to 2 months.
OVERNIGHT OPTION: If you don't want to make your Cinnamon Rolls on the same day, you can simply follow all steps (including the initial 1+ hour rise) and after cutting rolls and placing them into your baking pan, just cover them tightly (using foil paper of plastic wrap) and refrigerate them overnight or for 8-12 hours instead. In the morning, just continue to Step 6.
RAPID (INSTANT) RISE YEAST VS. ACTIVE DRY YEAST: If you're not using the Rapid Rise Yeast for this recipe, please know that the rise time will be twice as long (about 3 hours) since regular Active Yeast doesn't work as quickly.